Read on for Wetpaint Entertainment's review of the episode, and then sound off with your thoughts in the comments below!
First off, we absolutely loved everything Alison. Sasha Pieterse is rocking the role, making Ali seem simultaneously vulnerable and suspicious. We don't quite know what to make of her and her motives, but we know that no matter what, we do feel a little sorry for her.
We also enjoyed watching the Liars struggle, each in her own way, to figure out how to act now that Ali is back. Things aren't the same as before — of course they aren't — but that's going to take a while for the girls to adjust to. We're glad the show is really showing us how Ali's return impacts each Liar separately.
We also adored all things Hastings this week. Did Mr. H, or someone else in the family, kill Ali's mom to protect Spencer? Mrs. H is at a spa now?! We could watch an entire series of just this family; we love that they have such a central role this year. And that scene between Ali and Spencer? Amazing.
We also enjoyed Paige (Lindsey Shaw) a lot this week. She's stuck in such a hard place; she loves Emily (Shay Mitchell), she's a little scared of Mona (Janel Parrish), but she also has very legit reasons to hate Ali and sympathize with those teaming up against her. It's complicated and very interesting to watch.
Even Aria and Ezra's scenes worked for us. We still think Aria should be way more wary of him, but we get why she's turning to the person who had been her support for so long. She is hesitant to warm up to him too much, and we like that he realizes he has no right to demand her forgiveness.
Overall, this wasn't the most plot heavy episode, but it was emotionally complicated and had us hooked the whole way through. We're glad the show is taking some time to really dig into the emotional fallout of Ali's return; we may like the mysteries, but the characters and their ever-changing relationships are what really makes this show sing. 4 stars!
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Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!